ADHD awareness month aims to challenge misconceptions about the condition.

By Sophie Wardrop

 

1st October marked the start of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) awareness month for 2019.

ADHD Foundation is one of the leading mental health charities in the UK and is now “the largest user-led ADHD agency in Europe” with this year’s annual conference taking place today (4th October) in Liverpool. ADHD Foundation has been providing support to many people affected by the condition for over a decade now and is backed by senior doctors and professors in this field.

This year’s theme of ADHD Awareness month is ‘ADHD Myths and Facts: Know the Difference’ where the aim of the month is specifically to encourage facts to take over the misconceptions that seem to be at the forefront of much of the public’s knowledge of the condition. The subject includes: what it is like teaching children with ADHD; effects on family and friends; ADHD in the workplace and general treatment of the condition.

Another charity that is set to host events throughout the UK during the month of October is the National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service – also known as ADDISS.

This particular conference will travel around England over a five-day period with each event hosting different speakers to honour ADHD Awareness month.

ADHD awareness month logo. Credit to ADHD awareness month for image.

According to the NHS, a patient is often diagnosed with ADHD between the age of 6 and 12 years. However, this is not to say that a diagnosis of the condition would not be given to someone outwith this age bracket.

Some common symptoms of ADHD in children include: a short attention span, difficulty focusing on one task at a time, fidgeting and talking a lot. On the other side of this, symptoms in adults can be different as well as varying from person to person and are also less likely to be noticed by a doctor. The exact cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is still not known but there has been research into the condition to suggest that genetics may play and part in passing on the disorder.

Alongside charity conferences, there are many support groups around the UK with a popular one based in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Adult ADHD Meetup Group meet on the first Thursday of every month to get members together in one place to socialise with each other and discuss their shared issues. Outwith this monthly event, the group mainly functions through Facebook.

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